In a ten-day time, on March 23rd at 8.30pm, people around world will be reunited once more to join Earth Hour. Earth Hour is more likely an annual campaign held by WWF to encourage people turning off their light for an hour time as an action to save earth, sustain life, prevent climate change. Personally, you are convinced to redefine your life with actions as simple as turning off lights. While it is largely an environment-related issue, many also sees energy saving as major concern in business, government, and infrastructure sectors. They are especially troubled with the high energy consumption and thus total energy cost on lighting alone. In fact, up to 30 to 40% of total global energy today goes to light up commercial building all over the world. As such, they try to work out any possible solutions. Enter LED lighting which are believed to be more power efficient and people starts to shift from the old CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) to LED for the sake of efficiency. As if it is still not enough, they also take further actions like turning off the lights when not in use, cut down lighting number in some building spots and adapt design interior that will let in more sunlight. But hey it took you quite an effort. Thanks to the advance of technology in lighting systems, now you can have everything taken care of in a snap. Getting a light up or off are simply steps away. Only a press of button and you can have the room ready for your meeting, training, or roundtable sessions. Just like magic.
As with any other system, lighting systems are made out of a number of lighting set of same or different characteristics put together and connected to each other under one single board control. Primarily designed to reduce overall energy consumption in commercial buildings and indoor settings, lighting systems highlight on the flexibility to set and tweak lighting conditions wherever and whenever necessary. But what set it apart from traditional lighting solution is its capability of dimming. This way, you are not only able to light up or off rooms but also make them dimmer to suit your needs or preferences. Why get your life automatically light up? While a centralized lighting control systems like GRAFIK Eye solutions offers best features, single stand-alone dimmers and occupancy sensors can also contribute to further cost savings. In what way? Let's find out by understanding more about dimmer and occupancy sensors as following:
From the name itself, dimmer is actually quite explanatory. It is, at core, a device which works to regulate brightness level of light. Rather than simply light up/off rooms, dimmer allows users to increase or decrease intensity of light by certain amount, usually by percentages. In general, a dimmer can control several different kind of lighting which is accessible by either standard switches or IR/RF-based remote controls. However, do note that some type of lightings may require specific type of dimmers with particular load specification or components. Currently, there are total six type of dimmers used in the markets: incandescent/halogen, magnetic low-voltage (MLV), electronic low-volatge (ELV), neon/cold cathode (magnetic ballast), fluorescent: Electronic Fluorescent Dimming Ballast, and Light Emitting Diode (LED): Electronic LED Driver. One of the recent dimmer products by leading lighting control system Lutron, for instance, can accommodate both electronic and magnetic low voltage lighting and comes with single/dual remote options. What's more, some range of dimmers also available in a variety of colors and designs with the matching accessories and wallplates. Other aspect you may want to take note that dimmers can get warm sometimes and there's nothing to worry about it. Normally, around 1-2% of power from dimmers will dissolve as heats and as it gets closer to its maximum output or load, the warmer it becomes. Practically, dimmer has been proven effective in saving energy as well as extending lamp life cycle.
Think a smart house or office where the lights comes up as you enter the room. It is exactly what occupancy sensors all about. Make your life easier as the sensors are engineered to detect the presence of people in the room and apply illumination accordingly. Aside from extending energy savings, the sensor can also help regulate lightings in environment where people are only around at certain times or at irregular schedule. It may as well come handy to help illuminate the pathway for security guards as they go for a patrol duty or even a dramatic night tour at museums. Just like dimmers, occupancy sensors can be installed in the wall or wall/ceiling-mounted whenever necessary. However, it will not affect lamp life.
Benefits of Lighting Control Systems
While the cost reduction and energy reservation aspects are obvious, is there any other benefit you can get by using lighting systems in your life? We bet you do.
1. Extra Comfort and Convenience
East or west, home is the best or so they said. Imagine that every place can be as comfortable as your own home and they do with the magic of lighting systems. Light up the living room or dim the corridor as you walked past them. Indulge personal comfort at every foot step and create different mood or ambience for any rooms or spaces and people in them. Ever wonder how moonlight or starry night can evoke such lovely feelings, then you should more or less understand what we meant. Believe it or not, lighting today has more power than you can imagine. Unlike static standard lamps and lights, lighting systems are far more capable as well as dynamic. You can practically tell them to go on or off whenever you like it. The power is at your hands. Enjoy your life everywhere, everytime.
2. Improved Productivity
Everyone has their own ideal work scenarios including the lighting conditions. Brighter is not necessarily better and dimmer might not be always bad. Lighting control systems like Lutron GRAFIK Eye help you to create a more constructive working space for each and every people. You can adjust light over for video presentation, routine paperworks to brainstorming discussions. Light controls also make it more convenient to have an instant room makeover for various purposes. All you need to do is a slight change on lighting levels and you are good to go. You can save hassle and resources to reconfigure spaces. Not only one room, you are welcome to play around with lightings of an entire floor or building with a total light management system and make every single light counts. In a word, let light change your life.